To welcome back the boys of summer, ASL’s Celebrity Spotlight decided to feature one of the game’s shining stars. Arguably the sexiest man in baseball, 24-year-old New York Mets third baseman David Wright is the son of a police officer and was raised a Mets fan. David’s hometown, Norfolk, VA, is also the former home of the Mets AAA team, the Norfolk Tides. For as long as he can remember, David has been in love with the Mets, and now he is living his dream as a key player!
In 2001, David was chosen by the Mets in the Amateur Draft as the 38th overall pick. In 2003, David won the Sterling award for best player of the A (St. Lucie Mets) division. In 2004, David rose from AA (Binghamton Mets) to AAA (Norfolk Tides) and on July 21, 2004, he made his major league debut starting against the MontrÃ©al Expos. Since then, David Wright has been a powerhouse for the Mets, with both his exceptional batting abilities, as well as his skills at third base. In 2006, David was voted to play in baseball’s All-Star Game, in which he hit a homerun in his first at-bat. He hit quite a few homeruns that weekend, actually, finishing 2nd in the Homerun Derby to Phillies’ monster first baseman Ryan Howard.
In 2006, David founded The David Wright Foundation, a charity that provides financial support and raises awareness in need, focusing on the Norfolk, VA and New York City areas and paying special attention to Multiple Sclerosis and children’s causes. This June 12, the Foundation is sponsoring a Poker Tournament, so save the date and try to make it out there for a good cause!
David Wright has more charisma than your average ball player. In fact, his teammates joke that their wives want to marry him! David’s innocent yet rugged good looks have won him a permanent place in the female Mets fans hearts. Although he seems to have a healthy sense of his hotness factor (according to fellow teammate, Paul Lo Duca, in this month’s New York magazine, “He thinks every woman in the world is in love with him, so we give him some shit, keep his feet on the earth.”), David keeps his focus on baseball. Other than a few reports from Page Six about seeing him out with a supermodel on each arm, or this one article about him partying it up at St. John’s University in Queens, David keeps his eye on the prize. David says to New York magazine, “Baseball is the reason I have my apartment, baseball is the reason I’m on the cover of video games – baseball is what I do. I’m not saying I don’t ever…I mean, I go on dates, but I’ll just never let something like that become as important as the game. Not right now, at least.”
To which I reply, when you are ready, I am here!
Keep reading after the jump for more info (and photos) on David Wright!